Huntingdon 3, Clearfield 1
After being swept in its first match of the season last week at Penns Valley, Huntingdon turned in a solid all-around performance during Tuesday evening’s Mountain League match at Clearfield. Despite alternating the lineup a bit in the second set, the Bearcats (1-1, 1-1 ML) dominated the Bison and won a 3-1 decision on scores of 25-10, 23-25, 25-14 and 25-11.
“The girls just played a stronger match tonight and the team chemistry was great to see,” commented Bearcat first-year coach Krystal Runk. “The girls had the energy going and everything just seem to click.”
Kaitlyn McElroy finished an outstanding night with a triple double, posting a team-high 15 kills to go along with 14 assists and 10 digs. Lauryn Smith added 10 kills, while Savannah Fiscus put down nine kills and dished out 14 assists as well. Sofia Dinardi led the team with 14 digs and Kynnedy Miller added 10.
“Kaitlyn was just on fire tonight,” added Runk. “But, we started every set with Smith putting down kills and really giving us the energy to build from. We came out and really took charge in the first set. But, then I changed the rotation a bit in the second set to give others playing time and it really didn’t pan out for us. So, we went back to our original lineup in the first set and were able to finish things out over the last two sets for the win.”
The Bearcat junior varsity (0-2, 0-2 ML) lost in straight sets on scores of 20-25 and 15-25.
In the day’s first match, the Bearcat junior high ‘A’ team won in straight sets, 25-18 and 25-18. However, the ‘B’ team fell in straight sets, 15-25 and 22-25.
Mount Union 3, Moshannon Valley 0
By DENNY SROKA
It appeared that the Mount Union volleyball team would cruise through Moshannon Valley Tuesday, except they did not figure on the serve going away and had to come from behind in the third set to sweep the Damsels. Game scores were 25-11, 25-15 and 26-24.
Morgan Brumbaugh led the Trojans with nine kills and 23 service points, including 10 aces. Kadyn Crisswell had five kills and 15 assists. Destinie Myers and Taylor Grove had four kills apiece.
The Trojans are now 2-1 overall and in the Inter-County Conference North.
“Our serving was way off tonight,” stated Trojan head coach Tessa McCormick. “Unforced errors will happen, but you can’t have five in a row and expect the outcome to be good. Those unforced errors drain us. You can see the spark leave when they happen. We will be working on serving tomorrow.”
In the first set, the Trojans had five errors early and the Damsels went up by four points. Brumbaugh went to the line and had 13 service points, including four aces, to put Mount Union on top by nine. The Trojans maintained the lead even though they had a couple missed serves down the stretch.
In the second set, they went up by three early before Grove went to the line and had six service points, including four aces, to spread the lead to nine points. The Damsels closed the lead to within four until the Trojans started to take advantage of Damsel errors and pulled away.
The third set was a different story. The Damsels fought hard and found themselves up by four points due to unforced errors and bad serves by the Trojans. The Damsels chipped away and expanded their lead to seven points as Mount Union continued to have serving issues. Down by five points late in the set, Grove went to the line and picked up five service points to knot the score at 20. The teams fought hard and the Trojans had a couple more errors and the Damsels knotted the score twice. Two errors by the Damsels put the Trojans out in the third set.
The Trojans’ junior varsity won 2-0. The scores were 25-21 and 25-16.
The Trojans’ junior high played Juniata Valley and won 27-25 and 25-23.
Juniata Valley 3, Williamsburg 0
Juniata Valley’s volleyball team continued it hot start to the season against visiting Williamsburg Tuesday evening. The Hornets swept the Blue Pirates 3-0 by set scores of 25-5, 25-9 and 25-10.
Valley improved to 4-0 for the season, while the Pirates slip to 0-2.
“Williamsburg struggled with passing and we had to stay focused,” said Hornet coach Merf Reed. “We played very well and served very tough.”
The second set was nearly a carbon copy of the first. Good serving was the key to continue forcing the bad passing by Williamsburg.
“Maddy Beasom had a lot of convincing kills,” Reed added. “She did a very nice job. Emma Musser also did a good job in the middle. We did a lot of substituting and the bench players did their jobs.”
It was more of the same in the third as Reed continued to used her bench.“Everybody got time on the floor tonight,” she concluded.
For the night, Beasom finished with 11 kills and 10 digs. Musser added eight kills and 11 service points. Brooke Boonie led the Eagles with 13 service points and Avery Taylor had nine points in limited play in the varsity match.
Hayden Taylor had 19 assists.
The Hornets will take their unbeaten record on the road Thursday to Houtzdale for an ICC matchup against Moshannon Valley.